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Essential Peru

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13 Days
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Find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, not to mention a rich history, archaeology, wildlife and culture. Spend time uncovering amazing Peru.


Few trips fire the imagination like a Peru vacation. Incredible scenery, bustling colonial cities and the majestic ruins of ancient empires all combine to create South America’s most iconic destination. Spend 13 days visiting the highlights including Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley, beautiful Arequipa and of course, Machu Picchu!

The UNESCO listed ‘white city’ of Arequipa is your first stop, so named after its distinctive white sillar stone architecture. From Plaza de Armas, the main square, visit Museum Santuarios Andinos, home to the ‘Juanita’ mummy. The city’s highlight however is Convento de Santa Catalina, Peru’s most important religious building. This ‘city within a city’ is its own unique bubble of history, preserved in enchanting streets and beautiful colours.

Get a feel for the majesty of the Andes at Colca Canyon. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this is an area where locals retain their ancestral traditions – unique within Peru – watched over by Andean Condors. Visit Puno, on the edge of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. A morning excursion takes you to meet the Uro people of the Reed Islands, followed by Taquile Island, where residents are renowned for their fine handwoven textiles and handicrafts – and for their clear division between men (who knit) and women (who make yarn and weave).

A World Heritage Site and gateway to the Sacred Valley, Cuzco was once capital of the Inca Empire. The surrounding area is filled with amazing ruins, including Ollantaytambo, a major religious centre for the Incas, and Pisac, noted for its varied markets. Stay overnight before heading up to explore Machu Picchu!

Perched 8,000 feet above sea level, Peru’s star attraction is a spectacular 15th century ruin, known to outsiders for just over a century. In fact, much of its purpose within Inca civilization remains a mystery. There are many sites to explore, each with its own story – told with varying degrees of accuracy and imagination! If you’re feeling energetic and time allows, hike to the peak of Wayna Picchu for a truly stunning view.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,003

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

For flights arriving early morning the afternoon will be spent on a city tour of Lima (not included in the trip price). For flights arriving into Lima late at night, on your arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel of choice.

Lima was one of the fist cities established in South America by the conquistadors and holds many amazing colonial jewels to be discovered. This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Duration1 Night
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Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

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    Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel



    The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima is located in an exclusive residential area. The hotel provides easy access for all that is best about Lima and is renowned for its beautiful setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel combines personalised service, ...

    The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima is located in an exclusive residential area. The hotel provides easy access for all that is best about Lima and is renowned for its beautiful setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel combines personalised service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Lima to Arequipa

An early morning spectacular flight (not included in the trip price) along the Peruvian coast brings you to the "White City" of Arequipa, the ideal place to start acclimatizing to the rarefied air of the Andes and a beautiful city to explore.

Arequipa boasts a magnificent marble Plaza de Armas, quaint old town streets, the picturesque Santa Catalina Monastery and Juanita the Ice maiden museum. Alpaca wool is Arequipa's finest export and there are plenty of opportunities for treating yourself to some stunning textiles here.

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Duration1 Night
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Costa Del Sol Wyndham Arequipa

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    Costa Del Sol Wyndham Arequipa



    For a blissful stay in Peru's "White City," join the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, located in the Selva Alegre District near the main square. Just nine kilometers from Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) and offer a free airport shuttle, which makes flying in and ...

    For a blissful stay in Peru's "White City," join the Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa, located in the Selva Alegre District near the main square. Just nine kilometers from Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP) and offer a free airport shuttle, which makes flying in and out of the area a breeze. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the warm staff and served a refreshing welcome drink. The comfortable guest rooms and amenities--including free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and fitness center--keep you completely relaxed throughout your stay. Plus, you can indulge in unique fusion cuisine and creative cocktails at the on-site restaurant and bar. Also, the hotel feature ample event space for meetings, conferences, and special occasions.

    Right outside its doors, the city of Arequipa is waiting to be explored. Stroll around the historic center, visit the countryside to see towering volcanoes, or venture out on a day trip to the stunning Colca Canyon. The hotel offers the perfect home base for discovering southern Peru, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 3

Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Driving out of Arequipa you enjoy spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city before climbing high into the Andes and descending into the amazing Colca Canyon.

The Colca Canyon is one of the World's deepest canyons and is home to Condors and a fascinating local culture, totally different from any other place you will visit on this trip. You over night in the charming Colca Lodge. Soaking in the World class hot-springs is the prime activity here, closely followed by exploring the lodge's restaurant, bar or games room.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Belmond Las Casitas

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    Belmond Las Casitas



    Belmond Las Casitas is Peru's hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the peace and serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually stunning destinations in the world. Nestled in truly unique surroundings, Belmond Las Casitas boasts twenty private casitas or ...

    Belmond Las Casitas is Peru's hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the peace and serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually stunning destinations in the world. Nestled in truly unique surroundings, Belmond Las Casitas boasts twenty private casitas or cottages and an opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Spend time in harmony with the Colca Canyon, its nature and community, complete with the freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Fireplace
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 4

Colca

The private guide and minibus are at your disposal for the day. An early morning drive to Cruz del Condor is recommended in search of one of the world's largest birds, the condor, who nests in the cliffs of one of the world's deepest canyons (approx. 3, 400 m deep). Hiking to near-by ruins and a tour of the unique native culture and weavings in the area are also available activities. On return to the lodge plenty of time is left for just relaxing in the hot springs.

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Day 5

Colca Canyon to Puno

A spectacular drive through the high Andes, passing beautiful lakes and huge vistas as you travel on a newly asphalted road to Juliaca and on to your destination of Puno.

En route you can take a visit to Silustani ruins, whose fascinating circular burial chambers pre-date the Incas. The amazing stone work of this early civilization was obviously a strong influence on the famous Inca stone masons. In Puno you check into your hotel and can explore this interesting town and barter for locally hand-knitted woolen goods.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

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    GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca



    Located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the hotel is only five minutes away from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the Manco Capac International Airport in Juliaca and two hours from the Bolivian border. The ...

    Located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the hotel is only five minutes away from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the Manco Capac International Airport in Juliaca and two hours from the Bolivian border. The hotel has 123 elegantly decorated rooms and provides all the services expected of a luxury hotel. The hotel has a private dock, allowing you to leave comfortably for all the lake's destinations.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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Day 6

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a photographer's dream, its clear sapphire water and the astounding blue skies are mesmerizing. A full day's boat trip with your own private guide and boat ensure you see all the sights in safety and style.

The famous floating reed islands of Uros and the ancient traditions and weavings of Taquile Island are explained and viewed at your leisure. You return to your Puno hotel for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Puno to Cusco

Today you board the full day train or bus (based on your day 1 departure date) from Puno to Cusco. This journey cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano, whose high plains are rich with llama herds, green Ibises and mountain villages where life is harsh but the resilient locals keep their communities with pride and good humour.

On arrival at Cusco train or bus station, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening you stretch your legs around the spectacular Plaza de Armas and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants as you begin to explore the fascinating city of Cusco. Please note: the train only operates five times a week, there is a bus alternative on the other days.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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La Casona Inkaterra

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    La Casona Inkaterra



    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and ...

    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

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Day 8

Cusco

A free day to explore Cusco. From the Plaza de Armas, a visit to the sun temple is suggested, Qoricancha, a walk up to the San Blas district and for the energetic a visit to Sacsayhuaman fort overlooking the city. For those looking to relax there are countless excellent bars and cafes overlooking the Plaza de Armas and plenty of bargain hunting to do in the artisan markets. You meet in the evening for a briefing on the Inca Trail.

Day 9

Cusco to Sacred Valley

Begin early in the morning, driving out of Cusco, passing en route, the fascinating archaeological ruins of Sacsayhuaman where a decisive battle between Inca rebels and Spanish rebels was fought.

Visit the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Then visit Pisac Ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. It features an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, and a solar clock and calendar (Intiwatana).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Tambo Del Inka Sacred Valley

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    Tambo Del Inka Sacred Valley



    This hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection and is 15 kilometers away from Cusco. It is the most luxurious and largest hotel in the magical Sacred Valley and it overlooks the banks of the lovely Vilcanota River. The luxury spa offers pampering ...

    This hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection and is 15 kilometers away from Cusco. It is the most luxurious and largest hotel in the magical Sacred Valley and it overlooks the banks of the lovely Vilcanota River. The luxury spa offers pampering massages and therapeutic treatments using ancient Incan ingredients. The professional staff go to every length to ensure an indelible stay, offering refined dining, a therapeutic spa, and premier fitness center, along with an emerald lagoon and blooming riverside gardens.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
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    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Chincheros with Weaving Demonstration and Ollantaytambo Fortress

With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale.

Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

You continue your journey down the Urubamba valley by early morning train to the fabled "Lost City of the Incas- Machu Picchu". A short bus ride takes you direct to the ruins. Once there your guide gives you an extensive walking tour of the ruin and explains the fascinating history of the Incas. If time permits you may wish to explore further to the Inca Bridge, walk back up the Inca Trail to the sun gate or try the strenuous climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for an awe-inspiring Condor's eye view of Machu Picchu. Some may prefer to just relax and take in the awesome location.

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Duration1 Night
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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

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    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu



    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu ...

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
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Day 12

Machu Picchu to Cusco

First thing in the morning you return to Machu Picchu where you will meet up with those who chose to trek the Inca Trail and have the ruins virtually to yourself for a full guided tour, with time afterwards to climb Huayna Picchu, walk out to the Inca Bridge or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the amazing atmosphere. You have a late lunch in Aguas Calientes before boarding the afternoon train back to Poroy. Here your waiting bus speeds you back to your Cusco Hotel. If you have the energy you can then explore Cusco's excellent nightlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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La Casona Inkaterra

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    La Casona Inkaterra



    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and ...

    Inkaterra presents an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house - perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco - centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco's present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

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    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 13

Cusco to Lima to Onward Travels

Today you are transferred to Cusco Airport for your onward travels.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • All transport in private vehicle
  • Private local guides
  • All Accommodation
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Colca entrance
  • Bus or train from Puno to Cusco
  • All meals as listed

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent at $10 a night) if Inca Trail option taken
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport and Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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